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Rock Cycle Lab Activity

The investigations in this kit turn the task of learning rock types and rock cycles processes into something memorable for elementary and middle school students. In this first investigation, students examine sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. They then model some rock cycle processes while making their own sedimentary rock model form a mixture of sand and an Epsom salt solution. In the second investigation, students press crayon savings between heated blocks to model how heat and pressure changes rocks from sedimentary to metamorphic rockc. In the last investigation, students create igneous rock models from a "magma solution". They will also observe how crystal size is affected by time. This activity allows students to explore Framework Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2.This kit has been aligned with all published National Standards. Pre- and Post-laboratory assessments and vocabulary words all target specific Science and Engineering Practices and common core standards. The teacher guide also contains specific "Did You Know" concepts that link the real world with the scientific standards explored. A student copymaster is included. This kit includes materials for a class of 30 students.Materials included:2 Packages, epsom salt10 Hand lenses1 Cheese grater20 Granite rocks20 Sandstone rocks15 Quartzite rocks15 Obsidian rocks15 Gneiss rocks1 Package, pipe cleaners2 Bags, fine sand1 C-clamp30 Clear plastic cups50 Paper cups2 Wooden blocks50 Plastic zip-lip bags, sandwich size2 Boxes, crayons1 Package, wooden splints2 Packages of 24 plastic spoonsTeacher's Guide and Student GuideMaterials not included:Hot plate or bunsen burnerGogglesLarge container for heating waterHot pads or oven mittsLarge wooden or heatproof spoonMeasuring cups or graduated cylinders and balancesNewspaper or other protective coverings for tablesWaxed paper or aluminum foilRed food coloringMasking tapePencilsRecipes and samples of chocolate fudge and chocolate browniesQuartz crystalsTable saltTime requirements:The investigations derscribed in this kit are suitable for students in grades 3-8. Each investigation includes specific modifications for students at the younger and older grade level.Investigation 1: one 45-minute class period and one 20-minute class period after 7 daysInvestigation 2: One 45-minute class periodInvestigation 3: One 45 minute class period and one 20-minute class period after 10-21 days



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470190-696 Rock Cycle Lab Activity
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